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Elsie’s Yoga Link Love for the Week Ending 3/7/2010

7 Mar

Remember the Goddess: advLA on Twitpic

The Wisdom of the Community

A thrilling week for me in terms of social media connection and the Anusara Kula. In Los Angeles, the shakti filled Advanced Intensive took place, and from what I have read and gleaned from the online kula, John infused it by invoking from each participants a level of commitment to the whole experience that came from a deep sacred space within each individual heart which infused both the space and the kula as a whole. My first love link gives you a bit more insight into this, written by powerful and wise teacher Christina Sell:

Sunday Morning

“John wrote a letter that was sent out to the participants outlining the protocol for the three days: He wanted everyone to treat the practice space as a temple, or mandir and observe silence while we were in the practice hall. There were some other instructions about not chatting, not leaving the room unnecessarily and he asked people if they could not perform an asana to simply stand in tadasana or sit quietly doing japa.”

You guys have got to read the whole article as she even gives us the sequences that John Friend taught through the weekend!!!!!!!!!! LOVE

Not At The Advanced Intensive in LA? 3 Ways to Align With the Kula From Far Away– This is me sharing my feelings and process of being unable to travel around easily to practice with John and the kula. Oh being a householder yogi, what a journey! Check out a bit of the lovely conversation in the comments 😀

Just discovered Bay Shakti! A blog dedicated to Anusara ™Yoga in the San Francisco area! It’s a great source of inspiration. It has awesome interviews with Anusara ™ teachers both in video and in transcription (MY FAVORITE!!!! I absolutely ♥ that they do this) Plus awesome insights by the writers.

These next 2 posts are of a series and they all have to do with John Friend himself 😀 Not to be missed!

Interview with John Friend: Founder of Anusara Yoga

Part 1

♥♥ Part 2

♥♥♥ Part 3

These next 2 posts are really fun. Do you guys know that I have a gazillion yoga asana pictures over in Flickr? They are all the pics that I use in the posts. Did you know that you can use them in your blogs if you want? All you need to do it just give me attribution (a link back to me!) In the following posts they did just that. Love them!

The Ultimate Downward Facing Dog

10 Yoga Postures Performed By Cats

Did you all know that I have another podcast? Yep. It has been a while since our last posting. It’s called Mudra Moments and it’s aimed specifically at yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and yoga teacher wanna bees 😉 My friend Hillary and I basically have candid conversations pertaining to the life of a yoga instructor and the realities behind being a yoga teacher. In our latest episode we have our first ‘guest’ call in! She is a Mudra Moments listener and relatively new yoga teacher. We chat all about what it means to change careers, identities or perhaps titles in your life and work. Check it out. It’s really great conversation 😀

Re-Inventing Yourself and Your Life: Actor to Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher To…Who Are You?

Hope you guys enjoy these!

As always these links are taken from the posts to the Elsie’s Yoga Kula Facebook Fan Page. Come join the fun 😀

Thanks to @toffernelson for the Twitpic


Episode 77: Build Your Infrastructure and Love Freely, A Level 2 75 min Yoga Class

18 Feb

Upon learning about and delving into the earthquake in Haiti, and specifically the lack of infrastructure within the area where the earthquake hit, and the lack of foundation to receive help, it forced me to look at what was going on in my ‘home’, my heart, my surroundings so that I could help create clarity HERE and NOW.

Why HERE and NOW?

I donated money. In fact, how could you not? It was made so easy to give, so very easy to give. You saw how fast the human heart can open up and offer. You all experienced a sense of unity did you not? It’s amazing how open our hearts are. I have so much faith in the human race and our ability to open our hearts. I have no doubt.

Now, our ability to keep the hearts open and sensitive, to work daily to make choices that will optimize our well being and that of those around us is a different story. I can speak from personal experience as I say that I’m lazy when it comes to that stuff. I often times choose to ‘fix’ what’s broken in the house later. It’s too much of a pain now. I’ll eat healthier later. This pound of ice-cream isn’t gonna hurt me now. I’ll discipline and engage with my daughter later, she’s only 16 months old, there’s plenty of time….and on and on and on. That later, turns into years (or at minimum months). Those every day things are the infrastructure:

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.

The basic facilities, services, and installations needed for the functioning of a community or society, such as transportation and communications systems, water and power lines, and public institutions including schools, post offices, and prisons.

If we don’t tend to that, regardless of how open our hearts are, how willing we are to give, how much we want to work, the delivery of that love, support, resources will not get there easily. At least that’s how I see it. The foundation will not be set when push comes to shove. Infrastructure is not exotic, it’s not exciting, it’s very grounded, methodical, and I guess you could say boring? Our job as yogis is to make these every day choices, these mundane often boring and at times, may I say annoying tasks sacred, valuable and full of meaning. It is in those every day ways that we build our foundation, our underlying system within our household, within our relationships, within our BODIES that we create the optimal way for us to share that wealth of heart and spirit with which we are all blessed.

Build the infrastructure and Clear the path to Love

The more that we cultivate our infrastructure, the more that we will be able to share and love each other, support each other in a myriad of ways. We will be ever more effective and clear and raise ourselves and each other to a higher level of consciousness.

So, scroll below to do the yoga class (and check out the corresponding sequence) with this theme, so that you can infuse and strengthen your infrastructure in order to serve more fully!

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This week’s class is a variation of the theme that I touched on above. It’s a Level 2 Yoga Class and it was recorded on January 18th 2010 at Yoga Matrika 🙂

The Yoga Asana Sequence

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana

one legged downward facing dog with hips squared

SpiderMan Deep Lunge



chattarunga dandasana

Salabasana with arms interlaced behind the back/Cobra

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Urdhva Hastasana

Surya Namaskar C

urdhva hastasana transition into uttanasana uttanasana ardha uttanasanaLunge with bent leg plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dogLunge with bent leg uttanasana ardha uttanasanatransition into uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana

Urdhva Hastasana variation with thumbs interlaced

Utkatasana variation with thumbs interlaced

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana


plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Vira II/Reverse Vira

warrior IIreverse warrior

Push up Vinyasa

chattarunga dandasana


Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prepParsvakonasana

Trikonasana/Trikonasana with arm over ear


Downward Facing Dog with knees bent into straight



Hands on hips shoulders up to Tadasana

Standing Hip Stretch x2

Standing Hip Stretch Front (shrub)Standing Hip Stretch (shrub)

Standing Baby Craddle





Deep Lunge

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floor deep lunge with forearms on the floor

Ardha Bhekasana

Eka Pada Pavrita Adho Mukha Svanasana (One Legged Twisting Dowward Facing Dog)

Dhanurasana x3

Child’s Pose

Supta Padangusatasana

Knees to Chest


What if you could have access to a yoga conference in the comfort of your own home?

9 Feb
Now that I live in Pittsburgh I am just beyond amazed at the wealth of yoga opportunities I had while in LA. At any time of the day, any day of the week I could decide to go take a yoga class, and had plenty of choices. There were also an obscene amount of workshops available to take, with world class yoga masters ALL THE TIME! (In fact I just got wind of one of my most favorite people in the world doing a workshop over at Golden Bridge in LA this month and I just about died…I would have LOVED  to go…)
I see how lucky I was now. I didn’t quite recognize it when I was in the midst of it, and I can truly say that I took it for granted.
I long for choice now here in Pittsburgh
My dear and mighty friend Hillary Rubin alerted me to the fact that this incredible event is going to be taking place THIS MONTH!!!!
It’s a full blown yoga conference but all virtual! Basically what that means is that you have access to a fantastic array of very talented yoga professionals via your computer.
The majority of the events will be more along the lines of health and wellness lectures. It will involve a lot of tools into how to integrate your yoga into your every day life, the lovely merging of mind and body. Each session will have a unique interactive component with the teacher, plus you will have access to interact with each teacher via private forums and while in each session you can ‘raise your hand’ and address any questions that you may have.
If for some reason you do not have the time to sit down for those 3 days in front of your computer..HA! 😉 you have access to the recorded material, plus any extra material that each teacher offers.
There will be a handful of teachers that WILL BE TEACHING ASANA CLASSES and those will not only be accessible via audio, but will have a video component to them!
And PLEASE check out Hillary’s session HERE. I am sooooo excited to that she’s doing this! You can learn all about how powerful she is 😀
and because she’s my dear friend she has shared with me her fancy pants CODE so y’all can SAVE $100!!!!!! That’s over 50% savings…pretty darn awesome 😀
When you decide to attend the virtual world yoga conference use coupon code HLR219 to get your savings
I’m pretty darn excited about this.
I know that it’s ‘virtual’. I’m fully aware that yoga conferences, or classes or workshops are better ‘in person’. I absolutely understand! I work with energy and know in the deepest part of myself that there’s something about ‘being there’ that you can’t get ‘virtually’, but, when your own desire is there to deepen your own practice, and at the moment the options that you have available to you are limited, this is a great way to step into your yoga.
Hope to have you participate!

My first yoga practice was for 2007 was a yoga podcast!

5 Jan

Yoga Podcast Practice

I finally got time to practice.

I had a blissfull 4 days with my grace filled family. Check out some photos here!

Although I didn’t really have a chance nor the desire to do a physical practice I found the quiet within the extraordinary experience of just being, enough to keep my practice going. I mean, that being around the people that you love and that love you back is the most rewarding and healing experience in life . You remember what truly matters, what has meaning to you. I felt my whole being release as I woke up in my parent’s house.

As I find myself now in my own home, my body is ready for practice, and yet I still long to stay inside. To cultivate the warmth of family fire within, just a little while longer. I didn’t want to go to a class today. I didn’t really want to see anyone. I wanted to stay in, and yet I didn’t want to practice ‘alone.’ I wanted a teacher, I wanted guidance. Well, thank God for my buddy Hillary! She has just recently started her own podcast, ‘Hillary’s Yoga Practice Podcast.’ Now, of course I have my own podcast and I could have done my own class, but seriously, I have to deal with myself everyday, I don’t want me telling me to do stuff (that would be Elsie overload) Seriously listening to myself talk inside my head and outside of my head, NO WAY!

I digress.

I also felt, I should do a class at home, the podcast way. I didn’t know if it worked. I’ve never done a yoga podcast class. I just thought it was a good idea. Oh my goodness! I loved it!!! mind you, Hillary and I speak the same language so I totally understood what she was talking about and I have the upper hand as I know the names of the poses and all that jazz, but she’s just such a great teacher and I loved it that she was in my house! I had the feeling that I had someone there with me, guiding me, and yet I still found the privacy of ‘my practice’ that I longed for. What was also fantastic about the whole situation is that it still poses really great obstacles to work through. I found myself zoning out, and also getting preoccupied with all sorts of stuff to do (other than practicing). That’s so cool! It was such a great way to see how unfocused I was, how ungrounded my mind had become and how as I allowed Hillary’s voice to fill me from the inside out I was always brought back to my mat. Hillary said, “flexibility is listening and breathing.” I found that particularly poignant for most of the time we tend to rush through things, either ’cause we don’t like what we are doing and just want to get through it, or we’ve been there done that, some ‘ol same ‘ol, so we blaze through stuff. It’s in the moments when we listen, when we breathe that we find our greatest flexibility and it has nothing to do with being able to bend down and touch your toes. That flexibility that Hillary spoke about is available to us at every moment, regardless of our physical bodies. We are all able to delve inside, and become more and more aligned. *sigh* Man, this truly transformed my humble little apartment into a yoga studio of my own design.

This whole yoga class podcasting thing is great! It both gave me a unique and private experience while at the same time it allowed me to be a part of something bigger 🙂 I’m so happy that I had that, as my first yoga class of 2007. The coolest thing ever…